Mitigating Circumstances

The Mitigating Circumstances process is designed to assist students who have been affected by mitigating circumstances during their studies.

Regulations regarding mitigating circumstances can be found in Section 12 Mitigating Circumstances Regulations .

Please see the full information below.

The Mitigating Circumstances Procedures set down the process whereby unforeseen circumstances should be brought to the University’s attention, which have prevented a student from submitting an item of assessed work for the published deadline date or from attending an examination, practical, presentation, etc.

IMPORTANT NOTE - if you believe you have a disability or long-term medical condition:

The Mitigating Circumstance Procedure is a retrospective process that solely considers unforeseen circumstances in respect of assessment deadlines that have passed. As such, this is not the correct procedure to use if you have a disability or a long-term medical condition (unless it has suddenly deteriorated) and wish to be considered for future assessment adjustments and support.

If you have a disability/long-term medical condition requiring adjustments or you would like to discuss your eligibility for support, please contact the Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS). Adjustments can be put in place throughout the year. If you are already registered with the DDS but your circumstances have changed, please contact the DDS as soon as possible to ensure that the correct adjustments are in place for you.


The deadline for the submission of a claim for Mitigating Circumstance is two weeks from the published submission date of the component concerned or the date of the examination, practical, presentation, etc.

You are however encouraged to submit a claim as soon as practicable.

The Mitigating Circumstances Form includes Introductory Notes that should be read fully before a claim is made. 

Mitigating Circumstances Form 2019-20.pdf

Mitigating Circumstances Form 2019-20.docx

Academic Services in collaboration with the Students' Union have also developed comprehensive Student Guidance. This is intended to assist you in the completion and submission of your claim and offer helpful and practical guidance on the types of evidence required to support your claim.

Please note that a claim for Mitigating Circumstances may be submitted in relation to:

  • non-attendance at an examination;
  • non-submission of coursework;

Please note that from the 2016/17 academic year, the university regulations have changed and you can no longer submit a claim for impaired academic performance in an examination, presentation, class test, etc. If a student attends an assessment, submits a piece of coursework, etc., s/he is declaring that s/he is fit to take the assessment.


Submission of claims

To submit a mitigating circumstances claim, you must complete a mitigating circumstances form (PDF: Mitigating Circumstances Form 2019-20.pdf , Microsoft Word: Mitigating Circumstances Form 2019-20.docx)  and email it by the appropriate deadline to Due to the current situation, you do not need to provide documentary evidence to support your claim, but you should provide full and factual reasons when completing your claim form.

We will notify you when your Mitigating Circumstances outcome(s) are ready to view. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact the office via the email form on the bottom right of this page:

If your claim for mitigating circumstances is accepted, you will be given the opportunity to be assessed at the next assessment point in the component concerned, and capping does not apply. If you need information regarding the submission date, please contact your Module Leader.

If a claim for mitigating circumstances is not accepted, then capping of the reassessment applies. (Where the rejected claim related to non-attendance at an examination or non-submission of coursework, a mark of zero is given for the original attempt, and the reassessment will be capped.)


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